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Since 1980

January 2, 1980, David Cooper opened the doors of the David Cooper Insurance Agency. He was armed only with the Coles County Phone Book, a rotary phone, and an earnest desire to build a business based on honesty and integrity while providing quality insurance at an affordable cost to the future family of insureds. In 2005, Cooper sold the agency to their trusted, long-time employee, Lori Bumpus, giving birth to our agency today—Cooper Bumpus Insurance Agency. Our goals today remain the same as the day the agency opened—quality, client-focused service, and products provided with a smile and handshake when you join the Cooper Bumpus Insurance Agency family.

Lori Bumpus, Cooper Bumpus Insurance Agency, Charleston IL

Lori Bumpus

Where Are You From
I am Illinois born and raised!

Insurance Background
My career in insurance began in 1987 when I began work at what was then the David Cooper Insurance Agency. In 2005, I became the principal owner of what is now the Cooper Bumpus Insurance Agency.

Family
My husband and I have two adult daughters, a son-in-law, and many furry grandbabies that we love.

Hobbies
If keeping busy and on the go is a hobby, then that is my hobby! In those few moments of free time, I can be found planning a redecorating scheme for one or more rooms at my home or in the office. I love to paint and decorate — never let the look of a room get stale!

Interests
Community involvement is the main focus for my family and I. I have participated in the planning and execution of many community events, boards, and committees. We feel it is important to give back to the community. We stay involved to help Charleston be a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

Random Fact About You That Most People Don’t Know
In high school, I spent seven years as the school’s marching band majorette.

Your Favorite Place to Vacation OR somewhere You Have Always Dreamed of Going
I love extended vacations in Florida, no place I would rather be.

Shannon Craft, Cooper Bumpus Insurance Agency, Charleston IL

Shannon Craft

Where Are You From
I am 100% Charleston, Illinois, born and raised!

Insurance Background
I joined the Cooper Agency in 2002, and shortly after, I became licensed in property/casualty and life/health. In 2005, the Cooper Agency became the Cooper Bumpus Insurance Agency, but regardless of the name, this agency has always been my insurance home. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else!

Family
When it comes to family the best way to describe Shannon is, “Proud Mama Bear”, and she has every right to be just that. Shannon’s two oldest, both daughters, are accomplished and competitive athletes, just like Mom; one is busy planning a wedding, working full time and pursuing a degree in the medical field while the other just completed her studies and works full time as an RN at the local hospital. Of her youngest child, Jayden, you will hear Shannon say, “Raising a boy is totally different than raising girls”. Jayden is energetic and full of life with an active imagination that provides for some of the best stories—he definitely keeps her on her toes. If the old saying is true, “kids keep you young”; then Shannon will always be young at heart.

Hobbies
From early spring to late fall, you will find me every weekend scouring rummage sales, garage sales, backyard sales, and flea markets for the ultimate bargain find. It may border on an obsession, but it is also a time that I spend with my mother and my girls, so that makes it family time as well. I’m not sure if this qualifies as a hobby, an interest, or just plain being a fanatic. My DVR has a permanent setting for Sunday evenings at 8:00 for The Walking Dead. If you want to talk to me, don’t call from eight to nine — it’s going straight to voicemail.

Interests
80’s Metal Music: Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses. Today’s kids have no idea what they missed. I will be attending my second Def Leppard concert this coming summer, and I can’t wait!

Random Fact About You That Most People Don’t Know
I have read the complete Twilight series, not once, not twice, not three — count them — FOUR times! And I would reread them again if I had time.

Your Favorite Place to Vacation OR somewhere You Have Always Dreamed of Going
As a child, I traveled to Texas every summer with my grandmother, and I always looked forward to those trips and cherished the memories. As an adult, my dream would be an Italian vacation.

Jeanette Clark, Cooper Bumpus Insurance Agency, Charleston IL

Jeanette Clark

Where Are You From
I was born in raised here in Illinois and have never lived outside of the Illinois borders. My family moved to Coles County in 2003 from the Peoria area.

Insurance Background
My first career was teaching at the post-secondary level. When I retired from education and moved to Charleston, I started working at Cooper Bumpus and became a licensed agent.

Family
My husband and I have two adult children who both live out of state, along with our five grandchildren, including a set of 4-year-old twins.

Hobbies
Preserving family memories through scrapbooking is my passion. It allows me to be creative and provide a family history of events and stories for future generations long after I am gone.

Interests
Anyone who knows me will tell you the same thing — “She is fanatical about Fighting Illini sports.” My husband and I have had football season tickets for 40 years — basketball not quite as long due to the logistics of traveling, but we currently stand at 16 years. We consider ourselves to be master tailgaters, and our family rule is No engagements, weddings, or babies from September 1 to March 31! GO ILLINI!

Random Fact About You That Most People Don’t Know
For about 13 years, I was the head scout for our local high school football team. I never saw our team play, but I could tell you everything you needed to know about our upcoming opponents. To this day I can diagram a play from scrimmage as good as any male (in my opinion). During state playoffs, coaches from surrounding schools would offer to pay me to prepare scouting reports for them on possible opponents.

Your Favorite Place to Vacation OR somewhere You Have Always Dreamed of Going
We like to travel, so picking one place as my favorite is difficult. I visit Disney World regularly with my grandchildren, and I would go solo — I love it so much. But my favorite vacation destinations would be a toss-up between Germany and Italy. One day I would like to visit Greece.

Helena Vantassel, Cooper Bumpus Insurance Agency, Charleston IL

Helena Vantassel

Where Are You From
I was born in Sun Devil State, Arizona. In 1978, I moved with my family to Coles County.

Insurance Background
My employment background is not related to insurance, but in April 2019, Lori lured me away from my last employer to join the staff here at Cooper Bumpus. Insurance is a new environment and a new challenge, which I openly and whole-heartedly embrace with excitement and enthusiasm! “Let me quote your insurance!”

Family
Don’t tell me that high school romances never last; mine has endured 25 plus years. Yes, I married my high school sweetie, and we have three children, ages 25, 22, and 17. Our son is married and recently became a father to his first child, a son. This made me a first-time grandmother.

Hobbies
Being a wife, a mom, and now a grandmother, plus working full-time at a new job leaves little time for pursuits of hobbies and enjoyment. However, IF I were to ever have extra time, I would love to find a comfy spot in the sunlight, just for a few hours, to sit and read. Mysteries, biographies, and true crime stories are my books of choice. Mix a sunny reading spot with a weekend of camping, walking trails, and sightseeing in the wilderness, and you have my perfect weekend! When I can’t be out in the fresh air, you will find me any night of the week watching Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, or any television show featuring animals. Animals are my second love; my dream would be to own a ranch for foster animals.

Random Fact About You That Most People Don’t Know
I have always been told that I am a natural caregiver. It is that characteristic that led my family to become a foster family for approximately four years.

Your Favorite Place to Vacation OR somewhere You Have Always Dreamed of Going
Our family does not travel a great deal, but the two things I would love to do is visit every state at least once, and then I would love to spend an entire week somewhere on the beach. (You can be sure there will be a good mystery novel tucked into my beach bag)!!

Megan Hjort, Cooper Bumpus Insurance Agency, Charleston IL

Megan Hjort

Where Are You From
I was born and raised in Charleston, IL.

Insurance Background
My only insurance experience before coming to Cooper Bumpus in 2019, was finding a good insurer for my new car before driving it off the lot.

Family
My mother’s family is from St. Louis, and my father’s family is from Decatur. My mother taught Dental Hygiene at Lakeland College in Mattoon, so after my parents got married, they moved to Coles County, where I grew up my entire life.

Hobbies
I enjoy doing anything outside, from walking my Miniature Australian Shepherd named Blue Bell, to doing yard work. When I can’t be outside, I enjoy reading a good book.

Interests
I always tell my friends that if they ever need a road-trip buddy, I’m the one to call. I love traveling and have been to almost all 50 states. I enjoy going to concerts and finding new places to eat. Exercising and doing yoga are hobbies I enjoy to keep healthy. In the summer months, you can find me out on the lake and in the winter — I try to go skiing any chance I get.

Random Facts About You That People Don’t Know
I played soccer at Eastern Illinois University. In 2018, I traveled to Jackson, Wyoming, where I worked as a ranch hand for the summer season.

Your Favorite Place to Vacation/OR Somewhere You Have Always Dreamed of Going
A good vacation for me is any place I can camp, ride horses, and hike. For my bucket list, I’ve always dreamed of going surfing in Australia.

Sydnee Huddlestun, Cooper Bumpus Insurance Agency, Charleston IL

Sydnee Huddlestun

Where Are You From
I am 100% Charleston, Illinois, born and raised!

Insurance Background
I joined the Cooper Bumpus Agency in October 2019. I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University with a major in Psychology and will be attending grad school to earn my Masters.

Family
My family consists of my mom, dad, and my older sister, Kaylee. We have two dogs, Oliver and Lola. I’m extremely close to my family and especially my mom.

Hobbies
My hobbies include doing a spa treatment on myself while I relax and watch a good movie. Even after nine years, I still love scrapbooking. Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve the memories I have made with my family and friends.

Interests
I’ve always loved helping people, and I believe in giving back to others. I enjoy volunteering on weekends because I love helping the people in the community I grew up in.

Random Facts About You That People Don’t Know
I have a severe FEAR of sharks. I will not go in any body of water unless it’s a pool!

Your Favorite Place to Vacation OR Somewhere You Have Always Dreamed of Going
I don’t get to travel a lot, but I’ve always dreamed of visiting Australia, England, and Canada. Dreams do come true!!

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Cooper Bumpus Insurance Agency
655 W Lincoln Ave #1
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone:
217-348-7621
Fax:
217-348-7620
Email:
cooperbumpusinsurance@gmail.com

Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday: Closed